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Mount St. Mary’s President Says he Won’t Resign

EMMITSBURG, Md. ― The president of a Catholic college in Maryland is rejecting the faculty’s demand for his resignation.

Mount St. Mary’s University President Simon Newman told scores of cheering students at a rally Monday in Emmitsburg, “I’m not going to stop.”

The faculty voted overwhelmingly Friday to ask Newman to resign by Monday morning. The request followed an uproar over his plan to boost the student-retention rate by identifying freshman likely to fail and offering tuition refunds for those choosing to leave. Critics said Newman was too focused on eliminating, rather than helping, struggling students.

On Sunday, the student government released results of a student poll indicating 3-to-1 support for Newman. The Student Government Association says 61 percent of undergraduates voted, and 76 percent of them favored Newman’s leadership.

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